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Ordinary Life: Stories

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In this superb collection of short stories, the bestselling author of Open House and Talk Before Sleep takes us into the times in women’s lives when memories and events cohere to create a sense of wholeness, understanding, and change. In Ordinary Life, Mavis McPherson locks herself in the bathroom for a week, and no, she isn’t contemplating getting a divorce—she just needs some time to think, to take stock of her
life, and she comes to a surprising conclusion. In Today’s Special,a woman recognizes the solace she finds in the simple, timeless fare and atmosphere of the local diner and, ultimately, the harmony within her own spirit that familiar comforts can evoke. In White Dwarf, the secrets of a marriage are revealed as a couple passes the time with a seemingly insignificant word-association game. And in “Martin’s Letter to Nan,” the unforgettable husband and wife from Berg’s novel The Pull of the Moon engage in a new correspondence in which a different aspect of their marriage is revealed.

Elizabeth Berg’s fiction has been praised for its "brilliant insights about the human condition" (Detroit Free Press), and The Charlotte Observer has said that "Berg captures the way women think as well as any writer."Those same qualities of wisdom and insight are everywhere present in Ordinary Life.

Synopsis:

In "Ordinary Life, " the opening story of this collection, Mavis McPherson locks herself in the bathroom for a week. In "Today's Special, " a woman finds solace in the simple atmosphere of the local diner. In "White Dwarf, " marriage secrets are revealed as a couple plays a word-association game. And in "Martin's Letter to Nan, " the unforgettable husband and wife from Berg's novel The Pull of the Moon engage in a new correspondence.

About the Author

Elizabeth Berg’s novels Open House, The Pull of the Moon, Range of Motion, What We Keep, Never Change, and Until the Real Thing Comes Along were bestsellers. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. Talk Before Sleep was an ABBY finalist and a New York Times bestseller. In 1997, Berg won the NEBA Award in fiction, and in 2000 her novel Open House was named an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She lives in Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679437468
Subtitle:
(stories )
Author:
Berg, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Love stories, American
Subject:
Domestic fiction, American
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
104-223
Publication Date:
c2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
192 p.
Dimensions:
9.60x6.40x.85 in. .92 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In "Ordinary Life, " the opening story of this collection, Mavis McPherson locks herself in the bathroom for a week. In "Today's Special, " a woman finds solace in the simple atmosphere of the local diner. In "White Dwarf, " marriage secrets are revealed as a couple plays a word-association game. And in "Martin's Letter to Nan, " the unforgettable husband and wife from Berg's novel The Pull of the Moon engage in a new correspondence.
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